NORTHERN IRELAND: End of the No-Go Areas

IT was one of the British army's largest operations since World War II. A force of 15,000 soldiers and marine commandos—backed by 600 armored cars bristling with artillery pieces and machine guns—last week invaded the Irish Republican Army's barricaded sanctuaries in Northern Ireland and reestablished the Queen's Writ throughout the province.

The invasion, swiftly and precisely done, ended the "nogo" areas, both Catholic and Protestant, throughout Ulster. It was a military success that had inescapably followed upon a political failure. Since he became Britain's Secretary of State for Northern Ireland last March,...

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